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Ex-supermodel Helena reveals secrets of her lingerie drawer

Published 27/02/2012 | 05:00

(LtoR) Yomiko Chen, Hannah Devane, Sarah Morrissey and Teodora Sutra today at the launch of the Triumph Essence Spring Summer 2012 linger collection, exclusive to Brown Thomas. The luxury lingerie collection is available exclusively in Brown Thomas Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway. Pictures: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland
(LtoR) Yomiko Chen, Hannah Devane, Sarah Morrissey and Teodora Sutra today at the launch of the Triumph Essence Spring Summer 2012 linger collection, exclusive to Brown Thomas. The luxury lingerie collection is available exclusively in Brown Thomas Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway. Pictures: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland

WHEN Helena Christensen talks about lingerie, you can take it that it's not only women who are listening.

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The former Victoria's Secret model was in Dublin, and revealed her own fascination with lingerie -- and her new role designing the perfect bra and undies for Triumph.

"It's basically a science, creating the perfect piece of lingerie for women, because everyone has different bodies," the Danish superstar said.

The curious female customers interested in meeting the former supermodel were almost outnumbered by a phalanx of male photographers who lined up to capture Helena in front of her sexy model poster, wearing a 'Precious' basque and suspenders set.

A longstanding pal of Bono and his wife Ali Hewson, Helena is a regular visitor to Ireland. She flew in for a few hours yesterday to launch her luxury collection, which will be stocked at Brown Thomas stores.

Helena remained gracious as she was questioned about her undies drawer. We now know that she doesn't like G-strings, wired bras or padded bras, and that she prefers bigger styles "and vintage shapes that are more flattering".

Helena has factored some sexy shapewear into her Triumph collection, which goes up to a size 14. The contouring lace skirt (€75) was the centre of lots of attention.

The outline resembles a girdle from yesteryear, but in Helen's hands it's exotic and appealing, with a clever strategic seam across the bum. Helena says she likes it so much, she wears it on the outside, with a big sweater and flat sandals.

Helena declared her love of Dublin and its beer -- "especially the beer", she laughed.

But she didn't look much like a pint-drinker, judging by her silhouette in a Dries Van Noten dress with its green leaf print.

"I think we all know what a personal experience it is as a woman to feel confident, especially in underwear. What I do is to make sure I stay fit by working out and always choose lingerie that's not restricting," said Helena.

Helena is also a 'house photographer' with Oxfam.

Irish Independent

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